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Shhh… Bathing Wipes are the Secret to Easy, Sanitary Bed Baths

Rinse-Free bathing wipes have set new standards in the ease, comfort and simplicity of patient care. Whether you are a professional caregiver or caring for a loved one, a rinse-free bathing program can help reduce the risk of infection, improve skin health and maintain good patient hygiene.

Compared to the traditional basin bath, rinse-free bathing wipes are a better choice for several key reasons:

  • Convenience and ease of use
  • Cleans and moisturizes skin more effectively
  • Reduces risk of infection from contaminated basins and tap water
  • More comfortable for the patient
  • Fewer supplies required
  • Less expensive
  • Caregiver preferred

 

Pre-moistened bathing wipes provide an all-in-one solution for in-bed bathing and also remove contamination risks found in dirty basins and tap water. Some products like the Comfort Bath Personal Washcloths also include a Skin Check Guide, quick reference pictures of various skin conditions, making it possible for the caregiver to monitor and report on changes in the patient’s skin condition.

 

How are Rinse-Free bathing wipes safer than using a basin?
Studies have found that bath basins frequently harbor pathogens. In fact, a nation-wide study discovered that 98% of basins tested were contaminated with some form of harmful bacteria including MERSA and VRE, two antibiotic-resistant and dangerous STAFF viruses found in hospitals.1 bathing basin image depicting contamination
Contaminated tap water can be a source of infection. As many as 29 studies of water systems found tap water can be the source of serious waterborne infections.2 Patient exposure can occur while showering, bathing and drinking. Reports recommend minimizing exposure to tap water for all patients who are immunocompromised, have fresh surgical wounds, or are at higher risk for infections.2,3

Rinse-free bathing wipes are pre-packaged and use purified water, eliminating the risk of exposure to bacteria from basins or tap water.

Can’t I just use baby wipes – what’s the difference?

Allegro Medical customers often ask us if typical baby wipes or skin wipes are the same as a pre-packaged bathing wipes. The answer is no – bathing wipes are thicker, softer and contain the right amount of cleanser and moisturizer. Personal cleansing washcloths are about 10x thicker than a baby wipe and are designed to feel soft like fine fabric but have superior strength and durability.

So when it comes to choosing a method for bed bathing, bathing wipes offer a convenient and effective way of maintaining patient hygiene while eliminating the exposure to contaminants often found in bathing basins.

Providing comfortable, easy, and sanitary bathing for patients in bed is easier than ever with bathing wipes. AllegroMedical.com offers a variety of bathing options and solutions including a full line of home health and wellness solutions and products.

 

1 Sources; Johnson D, Lineweaver L, Maze L. Patients bath basins as potential sources of infection: a multicenter sampling study. AJCC Vol 18, No 1, Jan 2009.
2 Anaissie EJ, Penzak SR, Dignani C, Arch Intern Med. 8 Jul 2002;162(13):1483-92.
3 Clark AP, John LD, Clin Nurse Spec. May – June 2006; 20(3):119-23.

 

Craig Hood is the Founder of Allegro Medical. Craig worked as a caregiver for adults with developmental disabilities in Tucson, Arizona and later, as a rehabilitation specialist caring for individuals recovering from strokes and traumatic brain injury in Scottsdale, Arizona. After getting his business degree from Arizona State University, Craig worked in the high tech industry for several years before starting Allegro Medical. Drawing on his experience as a caregiver, Craig realized how important medical products and supplies were in the treatment of post-acute care conditions. At the time, the products to help his patients were not always readily available to professionals and family members. His experience gave him the idea that there should be a better way to shop for medical supplies, and health and wellness products. In 1997, Craig launched AllegroMedical.com as the nation's first online supplier of medical supplies, incontinence products, wound care supplies, daily living aids, orthopedic products, wheelchairs and so much more. The first AllegroMedical.com website had only 500 products. Today AllegroMedical.com offers over 30,000 items and unique ways of shopping including, shopping by condition and shopping by body part. Allegro Medical is America's first and largest online medical supply superstore.